Peachy Keen

Mar. 29th 2014

This morning we had a new recipe that we wanted to share with you!


Cinnamon and Sugar Grilled Peaches with Granola and Warmed Honey

This recipe is very simple!


Peaches – one half per person



Honey – about 2 tablespoons per person


Frozen Vanilla Yogurt


1. Half ripe peaches and pit

2. Place peaches on a sheet pan with skin side down. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.


3. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes until sugar caramelizes.

4. While the peaches are cooking, warm honey in a small sauce pan on low.


5. Remove and place peaches on plate with a scoop of frozen yogurt.

6. Slowly pour warm honey over the peaches and frozen yogurt.


7. Sprinkle with your favorite granola. We used honey granola.

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Serve Warm!

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Tea Time in Fredericksburg

Jun. 19th 2013

Today, I took a break from the tolls of working on my website (sorry Adam) to have an Afternoon Tea with a dear friend at Pinkadilly Tea House in Fredericksburg. I have been there before and written a blog about it, but the first time we only did lunch. Today it was the whole enchilada… okay the whole pot of tea!

I just love that when you come to the Tea House, your tea cup is always different.

That is one thing I will be doing at our house for our teas!



We filled our tea cups today with Earl Grey Tea, one of my favorites!

Our first course was soup and Quiche.


Crab Soup (which is to die for!) and Ham, Asparagus, White Cheddar and Provolone Cheese Quiche!


Our second course  arrived stacked beautifully before us!


Our Scones with Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream were:


Cinnamon Raisin


Our Tea Sandwiches were:

Feta and Almond Spread on a Toasted Baguette

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry

Chicken Salad

Cucumber Salad


Our Desserts were:

Chocolate Truffles

Pindadilly Pieshots

Orange Brownies

Blueberry Cheesecake Cups

Each Course was Heavenly!

If you are ever in Fredericksburg, you must call and get a reservation at this wonderful Tea House!

Also be on the look out for a special announcement coming soon!

If you love Afternoon Tea and you are 8 year old or older

You don’t want to miss this announcement!

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As If Yesterday Wasn’t Enough!

Mar. 14th 2013

Here is a new recipe to make your stomach growl…

French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar

French Toast with Caramelized Cinnamon Orange Sugar with Orange Marmalade Syrup

It is a wonderful twist on french toast with layers of favors.

Hope you enjoy!



1 loaf of French Bread (you could use Challah Bread too), slice on the bias (at an angle)

1/3 Cups Sugar

1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

Zest from one large Orange

1 Cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Orange Marmalade

9 eggs

3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream

1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 Cup Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup Orange Marmalade

Butter or non-stick spray


Heat Griddle or non-stick pan.

Mix Sugar, 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and zest in small bowl.


 Set aside. Mix eggs, heavy cream, 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon and vanilla in a wide dish (I use a deep dish pie dish). Set aside. In a microwave safe dish, mix 1 cup of maple syrup and orange marmalade. Microwave 30 seconds at a time until warm. Don’t over heat. Stir and set aside.


Coat griddle or pan with butter or non-stick spray. Dip slice in egg mixture and flip. Before you remove it, sprinkle the top with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Remove and place sugar side down on the pan or griddle. Repeat to fill pan or griddle. Watch closely. When the sugar caramelizes and side is golden brown, flip and brown the other side. Remove and repeat.


Serve with warm Maple and Orange Marmalade Syrup.



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Just a Little Something to Make Your Mouth Water

Sep. 5th 2012

I made a new recipe tonight!

Baked Cinnamon-Apple French Toast

with Honey Butter

Is Your Mouth Watering Yet?

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 73 Comments »